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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Languages - RPG
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 9, 2017

Dealloc not allowing fully qualified name

I am storing a pointer in a data-structure subfield, where this subfield is also an array. The DEALLOC opcode does not allow for a full qualified field name, only simple ones.

Use Case:

De-allocating pointers part of a data-structure subfield array.

Not working (not compiling):
Dcl-Ds Vars_Template Template;
Key Char(10);
Value Pointer Inz(*Null);

Dcl-Ds gPackage Qualified;
Name Varchar(32) Inz('');
Ver Varchar(10) Inz('');
MonMsg Like(errmsgid) Dim(48);
Vars LikeDS(Vars_Template) Dim(20);

//Do code here

Dealloc(NE) gPackage.Vars(lIndex).Value;

One of the possible work arounds:
Dcl-Ds oneVar LikeDS(Vars_Template) Based(pOneVar);
pOneVar = %addr(gPackage.Vars(lIndex));
Dealloc(NE) oneVar.value;

You can see where I wanted to use it in this code here:

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Nov 6, 2017

    Complex qualified names are now allowed for DEALLOC.

    Apply one of the following PTFs to obtain the new function:
    - 7.2 TGTRLS(*CURRENT) compiler: SI66149
    - 7.3 TGTRLS(*CURRENT) compiler: SI66150
    - 7.3 TGTRLS(*PRV) compiler: SI66153

  • Guest
    Jul 25, 2017

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a medium priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Dawn May - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Apr 4, 2017

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Mar 27, 2017

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Languages - RPG
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - Developer for Power Systems
    Component - RPG/COBOL Development Tools
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None